This has been a long fight, friends! Check out these photos from our archives from 2005 when PERRO members were first alerting the community about the dangers of lead pollution from H. Kramer.
Last Tuesday, February 11th, a fire broke out at the Rich Metals metal recycling facility in Blue Grass, Iowa. As a result, a nearby by Elementary school had to be evacuated. Is this what is in store for Juarez High School if Pure Metals gets its way and builds a metal recycling facility across the street from Juarez?…
The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne has published an excellent front-page article [article on the Tribune’s website, a copy on PERRO’s website] on the delays in addressing a lead-polluted site at 947 W Cullerton and it mentions PERRO’s long-time efforts in the community to address exposure to pollution. Please see the article here or a copy on our site here.
The site has been found to be over 14 times the legal limit for lead in the soil and PERRO recently posted warning signs at the site to attempt to ensure residents stay away from the site. PERRO has also started a web-page with information about the site here: pilsenperro.org/947
Where the article mentions PERRO:
Lead pollution is a well-known problem in Pilsen. In 2005, a year before state inspectors tested the Loewenthal Metals site, a group called the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization collected soil samples from several yards and parks in the neighborhood and found lead levels that far exceeded the federal cleanup standard for residential areas.
From Drew Kann of Medill Reports: “In Pilsen questions remain over cleanup of Fisk site”
PERRO volunteers at this past weekend’s open house show the local activist group’s recently released recommendations for the use of the Fisk Generation Station site.
Outlined in blue is the land on the Fisk Generation Station site that is available for future redevelopment, according to the PERRO report.
There is no shortage of ideas among Pilsen residents about what to do with the site of the now-shuttered Fisk Generation Station located in the West Side Chicago neighborhood.
However, many in the area seem to share one concern: site remediation and cleanup.
PERRO members joined the Environmental Justice contingent in the massive march held in Chicago Saturday to protests the NATO summit. Here is a selection of pictures of PERRO member’s marching against war and for protecting the planet…
On Saturday, PERRO was joined by members of Rising Tide Chicago (RTC) for an action outside the H. Kramer and Company brass smelter located at 1345 West 21st Street, in the heart of the Pilsen community. The rally was held not only to highlight the fact that H. Kramer is the neighborhood’s number one source of lead pollution, but to also draw attention to the fact that while thousands were protesting NATO in Chicago this past weekend, much of H. Kramer’s profits come from its sales to the Defense Department. H. Kramer has been a supplier to the Department of Defense receiving over $8 million in contracts between 2000-2011.
Here is a brief video of the action…
The 7th Annual National Latino Congreso, the first to be held outside the Southwestern United States, concluded Saturday afternoon at the Arturo Velazquez Institute. Over the three days of the convening, hundreds of Latino leaders and community members agreed to a collective advocacy agenda ahead of November elections. Dozens of groups representing the Latino Community nationally participated including the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC), the William C. Velazquez Institute (WCVI), the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Latino Policy Forum, and The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Continue reading Both of PERRO’s proposed resolutions at the 2012 National Latino Congreso pass with unanimous consent…
Below are just a sample of photos and video from PERRO’s involvement in the long campaign to end the pollution from Chicago coal-fired power plants.
If you have any photos or videos from this campaign, please feel free to share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to this page!